KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan waded into the controversy over the arrest and release of Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hasan on Saturday when he threw his weight behind a recalcitrant police officer and accused Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of forcing the Sindh chief minister to suspend the officer.
However, the Sindh government made it clear that the prime minister had nothing to do with the suspension of Malir SSP Rao Anwar as Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah had taken “this administrative decision” before speaking to the premier.
On Friday, Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly Khawaja Izhar, who had got pre-arrest bail in 25 cases pertaining to listening to the provocative speeches of MQM supremo Altaf Hussain, was arrested under a similar FIR by SSP Anwar.
Both the prime minister and the chief minister expressed concerns over the manner in which the opposition leader was arrested, without any intimation to the speaker of the provincial assembly. The Sindh police chief suspended the SSP and Khawaja Izhar was released on a personal bond in the case.